from the Breaking Views NZ blog —
Jacinda Ardern has given a virtual speech at Joe Biden’s Summit for Democracy on, wait for it… the fragility of democracy. No, I’m not joking!
Like me, you probably didn’t know anything about this summit, or care for that matter, and that’s OK because, like most summits, they achieve nothing and are held so leaders can preen and display in front of each other and deliver speeches full of rhetoric and hypocrisy. Right up Ardern’s street, then!
The apparent aims of the summit were to “galvanise commitments and initiatives across three principal themes: defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights”.
Well, our beloved PM, ably aided and abetted by her Minister for Local Government, is certainly an expert on authoritarianism. The disdain with which she treats the public submission process and the disgraceful way she is overriding local council objections to her Three Waters proposals are excellent examples of that.
Perhaps she was providing an illustration to the other delegates of what NOT to do if you want to defend against it.
As for promoting respect for human rights she can certainly claim specialist experience in this, albeit only in one narrow field – Maori rights. Everyone else can go whistle for theirs!
Ardern & Co are well on track at turning a liberal democracy into a separatist, bi-cultural tribal elite state ruled by an ethnic minority that represents 17% of the population. Can’t see anything democratic in that!
Little Miss-information then went on to say, “We need to continue facing the challenges of our time, such as Covid-19 and climate change, in a way that reflects our democratic strengths – the inclusivity of societies, preserving the value of a diversity of voices and building enduring institutions and cooperative approaches which help solve challenges and address needs.”
Excuse me, I’ve just picked myself up off the floor after having a laughing fit. That statement is so far from the truth!
Our society does not tolerate a diversity of views. There is only one view on every topic – this government’s view, backed up by it’s “independently appointed” experts who invariably are funded by this government to produce research that supports this government’s political position.
You just have to look at the woeful state of all our universities and The Royal Society of NZ to see how badly we’re failing to build enduring institutions which encourage cooperative approaches to help solve challenges. If you dare have an alternative view or theory, particularly to climate change, you are hounded out of your position and cancelled. Very inclusive and cooperative, I must say!
But, I’ve saved the best till last.
Jacinda declared “It was important that democracies helped to foster a media sector that was vibrant and trusted, amid misinformation that was spreading particularly on social media”.
If the media provided the vast majority of their audience with balanced news and opinion that they wanted to read then there should be no need for democracies (read government) to do anything.
Of course, if you think the job of mainstream media is to be a mouthpiece and cheerleader for government policy and actions then I can certainly see why she would have said that.
In light of declining circulation and viewing figures, her Public Interest Journalism Fund is meant to somewhat address the “vibrant” part of her statement.
As for “trusted”, if Ardern thinks that through her actions she is increasing public trust in the media, then she is either delusional or being economical with the truth…very likely both. Oh that’s right, she never lies so she must just be delusional.
And as for “misinformation”, read every alternative viewpoint NOT in agreement with Labour government ideology and policy.
Her speech does seem to be a masterclass in hypocrisy and deception. And her topic was well chosen … the fragility of democracy.
If there’s one thing Jacinda can genuinely claim to be good at it’s making democracy more fragile.
Just one last question to ponder …. did Sleepy Joe manage to stay awake through his own summit? Highly unlikely, if Jacinda’s speech was typical of the rest of the presentations. That would send an insomniac to La-La Land!
The Breaking Views website has a lot of good satire — Eds